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Old September 9th, 2016, 05:14 PM   #21
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In an obviously less optimistic area of the world, Lindy's Sports picks Michigan to finish 7th in the B1G.
If he is right then Beilein needs to go..
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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #22
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Look like top 20, the problem is this should be a 'peak' type season for JB with plenty of upperclassman. Mo Wagner's development will be key.
It's tough because none of the upperclassmen are NBA-prospects. Maybe Irvin could be but I don't think the other areas of his game have developed greatly. I think Walton's just too small. The other guys are just role-players. I think they'll be pretty much what they were last year (20-22 wins by selection Sunday) but, like you said, Mo is the key. If he makes a decent leap (and everyone stays healthy for a change), they can contend for a B1G title.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #23
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It's been a long time since somebody took the sophomore leap. Two years without. But, still -- upperclassmen dominate and two ballhandlers able to initiate the pick-and-roll offense. This should be a classic system team that wins because it executes at a very high level to the very end of the game. At least on offense. IOW, what Beilein wants.

My hope is that Wagner does blossom, because that kicks it up a level for sure. And because he plays with passion, unlike the others (save for maybe Walton).

Additional sixth gear possible if Donlon's changes on defense inject some energy. I know it's just an intangible, but the passivity on defense they have played with seems to have contributed to those spirals, especially when shots weren't falling. When shots aren't falling they've had no Plan B to fall back on. I hope they'll play looser on offense if they play harder on defense. Less likely to take the first look available, more likely to be patient when the shots aren't falling.

If this doesn't work -- give it two seasons -- then it's really time for a change. And that does not mean going back to Jordan or Alexander if they succeed in their new jobs. Need new blood.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 10:09 PM   #24
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2 more years without any of these things and I probably agree:

A) A B1G title (RegSeas or Tourney)

B) A trip to the Sweet 16

C) Landing a top-20 recruit


I think Beilein is very good but I'd prefer to be a slight cut above what Wisconsin or tOSU does in hoops. I think he's been right on that level.
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Old September 25th, 2016, 11:33 PM   #25
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A screen grab from a promotional video gives a little preview of what the new Jumpman jerseys will look like. I do approve of the trim. Hopefully, the rest is on par.

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Old September 26th, 2016, 06:45 AM   #26
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I hope they don't stick with that stupid font used for the football jerseys. Except for the 4. I'm fine with that little tweak.
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Old September 26th, 2016, 09:10 AM   #27
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I would guess that they probably will go with that font but I can't say for sure whether the same font has been used for all teams each year. That's not something that I paid attention to.
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Old September 26th, 2016, 09:13 AM   #28
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A screen grab from a promotional video gives a little preview of what the new Jumpman jerseys will look like. I do approve of the trim. Hopefully, the rest is on par.

My only little bit of worry here is that there might be something going on with the left (camera right) shoulder. It looks like the Jumpman is on the right but I see something yellowish going on at about the same level. If it's a block M, it would be kind of strange to have that right above the MICHIGAN across the chest.

EDIT: Maybe it's just the B1G logo?
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Old September 26th, 2016, 09:27 AM   #29
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I thnk M should put a silhouette of Lawrence Taylor on the basketball unis. Think of it as ironic mirroring.
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Certainly it's nice to be the only guy in first-class, but before I mock this particular economy-class Nike customer, does anyone know how long we have the Jumpman exclusive?
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Old September 26th, 2016, 10:29 AM   #31
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Heh. I just think a basketball icon of a UNC player is funny on an M football uni. I'll get used to it, I'm sure.

And first class? Are the materials used by the Thai children to construct the "Jumpman" uni better than the materials they use to construct the "basic" Nike fare?
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Old September 26th, 2016, 11:22 AM   #32
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Especially when the jersey gets a bit askew and the logo looks more like a gymnast doing the splits. But, right or wrong, nobody has yet asked me to define what's tasteful, even though it would be for the greater good.
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I thnk M should put a silhouette of Lawrence Taylor on the basketball unis. Think of it as ironic mirroring.
Is that LT doing lines of coke before during and after games LT or the one with an under aged escort?

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Old September 26th, 2016, 01:09 PM   #34
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Either works.
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Old September 28th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #35
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Another pre-season prediction of 7th place in the B1G:

http://www.umhoops.com/2016/09/28/bl...venth-big-ten/
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Old September 28th, 2016, 11:44 AM   #36
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Looks like the Sporting News, ESPN and Lindy's are the most optimistic, picking Michigan to finish 5th.
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Old September 28th, 2016, 12:33 PM   #37
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I'll shoot more towards 7 until this suicide squad does something to deserve it.
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Old September 28th, 2016, 12:37 PM   #38
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I can't help but be optimistic. It could go wrong if Donlon isn't the defensive whiz he has been elsewhere, or if Beilein can't let Donlon do his thing or won't adjust enough. But if they can at least strike the right balance between O and D, and develop a Plan B when the shots aren't falling, it should be a solid tournament team.
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I think your Harbaugh blinders are on. Are you talking about the NCAA tourney or Big 10? This is a NIT team to me
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Old September 28th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #40
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It's an NCAA team.
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